Looking for Ben and Steph

24 Feb 2004 9:44 pm

Have you ever traveled half way around the world and one day happened to get a message from some dear friends from way back home telling you that they happen to be in the same little tiny town as you but they NEGLECT to leave the name of their hotel? This sucks. When this kind of thing happens you find yourself looking at every head in every restaurant and pausing before every bus that unloads hoping to see your homies.

In case my homies happen to tune in to this blog again from Patagonia….. I’m presently in Calafate, Argentina, home of the Perito Moreno glacier. Just passed the last several days in El Chalten, Argentina where I hiked among some of the most spectular mountains I believe I’ve ever seen. Tomorrow morning I bus it on over to Puerto Natales and will hike the W shortly, kayak the Serrano and then take the Navimag to Puerto Monte. I arrive in PN in the early afternoon on the 25th and hope to find familiar faces at Concepto Indigo.

3 Responses to “Looking for Ben and Steph”

  1. Cindy (February 24th, 2004 at 11:52 pm)

    Yeah, that sort of thing happens to me all the time. Common occurence, really.

    I hope you find them. Have a great next leg of the trip. (What’s a Navimag?) I love the name Concepto Indigo. Would be an excellent name for a band.

  2. Evan! (February 25th, 2004 at 4:49 pm)

    I tuned into your blog for the 1st time today and I’m overcome with envy… I’ll bet my flourescent-lit office in Mountain View, CA is somehow not as alluring a place as Concepto Indigo.

    So what’s the dealio? — have you hooked up w/Bacchus & Upp??? We salaryslaves back home wanna know.

    Saw the new film “Touching the Void” the other day (hey, seeing a movie is big deal for those of us with babies!!!) and I mention it here because it was a superbe account of a famous climbing adventure gone even more famously awry in South America (Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in this case) back in 1985. I had known about the much-admired book for years but never read it; now maybe we should all do so — and see the flick too.

    Why is this relevant? Remember: Even though you’re in Argentina now, to us back in the States it all looks the same from here. Y’know, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, what’s the difference from this perspective? ;-)))

    So you’re gone but not forgotten around SF. Hope you’re well, CornNut! We’ll miss you at the bash on March 20.

    Sadie and Lollie say hello and Hi-5’s.

  3. Ben & Steph (February 26th, 2004 at 12:49 am)

    Hola Laura! So sad that we missed you. We just got home to Oakland this evening after an epic journey through many airports to discover our house had been robbed while we were gone. Ugh, welcome back to reality.

    We were in El Calafate on the 18th (were you there that day?), then off to El Chalten for the 19-20th, back to Calafate on the 21st in time to head to Perito Moreno for the afternoon, then back to Puerto Natales on the 22nd. The bus schedules kinda conspired against us, so we had more of a whirlwind tour of Argentina than we had planned. It was great though and much cheaper than Chile!

    Sorry we didn’t tell you where we were staying in El Calafate, but we didn’t know ourselves until we got there and didn’t see any messages from you when we checked our e-mail from there. Dadgummit!

    Ben & Stephanie